The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has denied rumors of a cabinet reshuffle following the results of Jakarta’s gubernatorial election.
"No, today no reshuffle, next week no, this month no," Jokowi said after the groundbreaking of Al-Hikamussalafiyah Islamic boarding school in Purwakarta, West Java, on Tuesday.
The election led to a loss for incumbent Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat. The winning pair, Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno, are backed by political parties from the government’s opposing coalition.
Political analysts predicted that Jokowi would conduct a third reshuffle that may give Basuki a ministerial position in the cabinet.
"Pak Ahok is still the Jakarta governor until October," Jokowi said when asked whether Basuki would be assigned as a minister.
He added that an evaluation on serving ministers is conducted every week and he currently found no problems with their performance.
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The president also responded to a question about American investigative journalist Allan Nairn who has written a story alleging active and retired military generals are plotting a coup to overthrow him.
"Who wrote that? Then you should ask Allan Nairn. Why ask me? Ask the writer," Jokowi said. (dan)